We would like to invite you to the 2018 Australasian Systematic Botany Society conference to be held at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Toowong in the first week of December, organised by the Queensland Herbarium. The conference theme ‘Mind the Gap’ aims to highlight gaps in systematics be they biogeographic, taxonomic, funding, data or other. There will be a workshop on how to review taxonomic manuscripts and eFlora treatments, followed by three days of symposia an
This workshop will include advanced level training in phylogenetic methods, imaging techniques, DNA barcoding, NGS-based systematics, systematics theory, nomenclature and the taxonomic process, collection management, databases, publishing results, finding a job, and much more. The workshop is designed for PhD students in the first half of their project, but applications will be accepted from anyone who is still within candidature. It is specifically designed for students unde
The 17th edition of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants was released today at the 25th International Diatom Symposium in Berlin. Amended every six years at an International Botanical Congress, the new Code results from the XIX IBC in Shenzhen in July 2017. The Code is available in print from Koeltz Botanical Books, and online at iapt-taxon.org/nomen/main.php. Congratulations to the Editorial Committee, who produced the new Code in record time.
The Botany 2018 conference is coming up soon in Rochester, Minnesota, 21-25 July. This is a joint conference with the Botanical Society of America, Canadian Botanical Association/L’Association Botanique du Canada, American Fern Society, Society of Herbarium Curators, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and the International Association for Plant Taxonomy. Over 1,000 attendees are expected. Join us! http://www.botanyconference.org/
Australia has one endemic species of boab occurring in the north-western monsoonal tropics, all other species being found only in east Africa and Madagascar. This unusual biogeographic pattern has never been adequately explained. Like the African and Madagascan species, Adansonia gregorii flowers at night during the rainy season, and is pollinated by bats. During a recent field expedition to Western Australia's remote Kimberley region, two colleagues and I were thrilled to fi